World Basketball

This is the Eirball – Irish North American and World Sports Archive landing page for World Basketball and related sports such as Netball, Korfball, Ringball and Cestoball. To view Playoff Results and Standings of various World Basketball Leagues and International Competitions just click on the links in red/blue (Purple) below.

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[1] NEW YORK – MAR 10: Louisville Cardinals guard Russ Smith (2) drives to the basket against the Cincinnati Bearcats during the Big East Tournament on March 10, 2012 at Madison Square Garden in New York. By Debby Wong

[5] 8 Nov, 2019 – Beijing, China: Former NBA player James Nunnally shoots during the game between Beijing Shougang Ducks v Shanghai Sharks. By zhangjin_net.Wukesong, Haidian, Beijing, China


Basketball is governed Worldwide by the Federation Internationale de Basket (FIBA) which has Continental Associations in Americas, Europe, Africa, Asia and Oceania. FIBA runs World and Continental Championships for both National teams and Clubs.

While FIBA governs the World game, and the Olympic Games runs its’ own Basketball Tournaments for Men and Women every four years, the sport is most developed in the United States of America (USA) where the National Basketball Association is one of four undisputed “Major Leagues”. The NBA also has a Women’s National Basketball Association (WNBA) league and a Development league (“Division 2” league – currently the NBA G-League). More recently it has started the NBA 2K league which is a Computer Games league played on the popular NBA 2K console gaming series.

Below the NBA are numerous Minor (also known as Development) Leagues such as the American Basketball Association and Continental Basketball Association.

The National Collegiate Athletic Association has a 32-Conference Basketball programme for both Men’s and Women’s College Basketball, culminating in the “March Madness” Playoffs and Final Four National Championships.

Other versions of Basketball played around the World include Netball, invented as a non-contact version of Basketball for Women in England in the late 1800s, and which got its’ name and modern form in Jamaica. Players must also stay within their Zones in Netball . Korfball is a Dutch version of Basketball that is like Netball, however, players must switch between Offence and Defence after two scores by either side, making it a “Total” team game. Ringball is a popular form of Basketball in Southern Africa and Cestoball similarly in Argentina.

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National Basketball Association

From the National Basketball Association (NBA) to the WNBA (Women’s), NBA D-Leagues (Development Leagues) to NBA 2K (E-Basketball) there is more to the NBA than most people know.

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National Basketball Association


National Basketball Association Leagues | NBA, WNBA, NBA G-League, NBA 2K-League (seasons):


National Basketball Association (Overviews):

National Basketball Association 2002-2007 (Pat Burke, Orlando Magic & Phoenix Suns)

National Basketball Association | Preseasons:

2020-21 2019

Womens National Basketball Association (Overviews):

Womens National Basketball Association 1997-1999

National Basketball Association Development League (Overviews):

National Basketball Development League 2001-2005

Picture Credit: Vancouver Grizzlies NBA License Plate – Author’s Personal Collection

Olympic Games Basketball

Ireland entered the Olympic Games Basketball Tournament in London in 1948, and numerous Olympic Games Qualifying Tournaments since the 1960s in both Men’s and Women’s.

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Olympic Games

Olympic Games

Olympic Games Basketball Tournament for Men (Editions): 1948

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FIBA Europe

FIBA Europe governs the sport of Basketball in Europe, with Ireland entering National Teams and Club teams into European Competitions since the 1960s.

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FIBA Europe Mens Competitions

EuroBasket; Celtic Clash; U18, European Championships, U15 Friendlies

FIBA European Championship for Small Countries (Editions): 2021 Fixtures

FIBA Eurobasket Division B Qualifying Round (Senior Men) (Editions): 2005 2007 2009

FIBA Europe: Senior Men Celtic Clash (Editions): 2017

FIBA Europe: U18 Men European Championships (Editions): 2017

FIBA Europe: U15 Men Friendlies (Editions): 2017

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FIBA Europe Womens Competitions

EuroBasket; U20 European Championship; Senior Friendlies; U17/U16 Friendlies

FIBA Europe | Eurobasket Women Division B Qualifying Round (Senior Women) (Editions): 2005 2007 2009

FIBA Europe U20 Womens European Championship (Editions): 2016

FIBA Europe: Senior Women Friendlies (Editions): 2017

FIBA Europe: U17 Women Friendlies (Editions): 2017

FIBA Europe: U16 Women Friendlies (Seasons): 2017

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FIBA Europe: Club Competitions

European Champions Cup; BIBF Federation Cup

FIBA Europe Club Competitons (Overviews):

Federation Internationale de Basket Europe | European Champions Cup 1961-1986

British & Irish Basketball Federation | Federation Cup 1980-1983

FIBA Europe Cup (Seasons): 2015-16

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International Netball

Netball was first developed in England in the late 19th Century as a non-contact version of Basketball for Women. It got its’ name in Jamaica, where it became fully codified in something resembling its’ modern form. It is most popular in Commonwealth of Nations countries: England, Scotland, Wales, Northern Ireland, Australia, New Zealand, South Africa and Jamaica. There is a large league in Northern Ireland and a smaller one in the Dublin Area which includes a team in Cork. There were once leagues in Cork and Limerick. As well as being non-contact, players must stay within their designated zones. There are now Mixed Recreational Leagues in Ireland based on the Fast Fives version of the game.

International Netball

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International Federation of Netball Associations

International Federation of Netball Associations World Netball Championships 1963-1967

International Federation of Netball Associations World Netball Championships 1971-1979

International Federation of Netball Associations World Netball Championships 1983-1987

International Federation of Netball Associations World Netball Championships 1991-1995

Netball Europe

NE World Cup Regional Qualifiers (Tournaments): 2019

NE Open Championship (Tournaments): 2016 2017

NE Open Challenge (Tournaments): 2016 2017 2019

NE U21 Championship (Tournaments): 2018

NE U17 Championship (Tournaments): 2019

NE U17 Challenge (Tournaments): 2019

Commonwealth Games

Commonwealth Games Netball (Tournaments): Gold Coast 2018

Five Nations Netball

5NN Senior Internationals (Seasons): 1992

5NN U21 Tournament (Seasons): 1992

5NN U18 Internationals (Seasons): 1992

Picture Credit: [1] Netball Europe Facebook (2015) Profile Picture, December 14, 2015 [Internet] Available from: [Accessed 27 June 2020]

Korfball (Netherlands)

Korfball is the Dutch variant of Basketball or Netball and has been played in Netherlands and Belgium since the early 20th Century. It has been played in Ireland since around 2009 when the Ireland Korfball International team first entered the IKF European Championships.

While there is no league in Ireland as yet, the International team enters Tournaments in the United Kingdom, Belgium and Netherlands. In keeping with the Dutch ‘Total Football’ Tradition the Attackers and Defenders swap positions after two scores by either team, making an All-Rounders game.


Korfball (Dutch Basketball)

International Korfball Federation (Overviews):

International Korfball Federation Logo [Ref: 3]

International Korfball Federation | European Korfball Championship 2010-2018

International Korfball Federation | European Korfball Championship | Round 1 2016-2017

International Korfball Federation | World Korfball Championship (Finals):


International Korfball Federation | European Championships (Finals):

2010 2014

International Korfball Federation | European Championships Round 1 (Qualifying):

2016 2017

Korfball Tournaments:

British Student Korfball Association | 1st International Invitational Trophy 2017

Korfball Teams:

IKF | European Korfball Championships | Ireland’s Record 2009-2016

Picture Credit: [2] Ireland Korfball Association (2020) EKC 2010 Team Photo [Internet] Available from:×512.jpg [Accessed 26 March 2020]

Ringball (South Africa)

Ringball is a version of Basketball played primarily in South Africa and Neighbouring Countries.

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Ringball (South Africa)

Ringball is a South African version of Basketball. It is not currently played in Ireland.

African Leagues:

Women’s Ringball (South Africa) 2019-Present

Men’s Ringball (South Africa) 2019-Present

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Cestoball (Argentina)

Cestoball is a popular version of Basketball in Argentina (South America). Velez Sarsfield are named after Dalmacio Velez Sarsfield, whose Grandfather George Sarsfield left Ireland in the early 1700s. Dalmacio is a hugely important figure in Argentina, having written the country’s civil code in 1856. The Code remained in use until 2015. Velez Sarsfield are a multi-sport club based in the Capital Buenos Aires, and are most famous for their successful Soccer team but also play Cestoball.

Cestoball (Argentina)

Confederacion Argentina de Cestoball (Overviews)

Confederacion Argentina de Cestoball Liga Nacional A 2014-2015

Picture Credit: [1] ARGENTINA – CIRCA 1977: a stamp printed in the Argentina shows Dalmacio Velez Sarsfield, Argentine Lawyer and Politician, Author of Argentine Civil Code, circa 1977 By Boris15 at